Popular Appetizers Recipes

Appetizers are like tiny jewel boxes of flavor, small bites meant to stimulate the palate -- not fill your stomach. That's what makes looking for appetizer recipes so much fun - since you don't have to fill the plate, you can concentrate on putting together ingredients in ways that sing. And they don't have to be fancy to pack a punch - spicy wings, deviled eggs, easy bruschetta, or even a nicely presented dip can be a winner. The classic combination of melon and prosciutto is a perfect example: Just two ingredients that play off of each other perfectly, the salty richness of the ham contrasting with the tropical sweetness of the melon. Perfection. When you're planning for a holiday party, you want quick and easy appetizers that play nicely with what you're serving as a main course. You want to compliment the dish without repeating ingredients - serving marinated mozzarella before plating up a cheese-heavy lasagna is definitely overload. Try to keep things light, and remember - you're going for flavor, not quantity.

Hamburger Steak Sliders

Seasoned with steak sauce and mustard, these flavorful sliders go great with almost any classic burger topper. The mini size is ideal for backyard potlucks, when everyone¿s plates are overflowing with salads, chips and watermelon.

From Midwest Living

Hamburger Steak Sliders

Two-for-One Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Why two-for-one? Because our recipe actually makes two different kinds of tortilla spirals¿¿one flavored with curry powder, the other with garlic and herbs.

From Midwest Living

Two-for-One Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Easy Party Appetizers

Watch how simple it is to make your appetizers the life of the party. Our Kraft Kitchens Expert will show you how with this Easy Party Appetizers video. These appetizers are a snap to prepare¿and the perfect beginning to any menu.

Easy Party Appetizers

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

We packed this snack mix with extra protein and nutrients by adding soy nuts. You can find plain or flavored roasted soy nuts at large supermarkets or health-food stores.

From Midwest Living

Cheesy Tomato Party Snack Mix

Devilishly Good Deviled Eggs

No time to cook the eggs? No worries! Pick up a bag of peeled hard-cooked eggs from the produce section of a large supermarket, or raid the grocery store salad bar.

From Midwest Living

Devilishly Good Deviled Eggs

Marinated Cheese Cubes

Pantry ingredients turn ordinary Monterey Jack into a deli-style party snack that tastes even better when you make it ahead. You can prep it three days in advance.

From Midwest Living

Marinated Cheese Cubes

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer

Tender chicken or turkey meatballs studded with cranberries take on a glorious flavor when theyre simmered in a snappy cranberry-flavored barbecue sauce.

From Midwest Living

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Ireland's famous freckled quickbread is expected on St. Patrick's Day, but the plump currants and orange zest in this loaf make it wonderful for year around baking. Sliced soda bread makes wonderful toast -- give it a try!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Add a little interest to traditional soda bread by stirring in orange peel and currants. Bake until golden and serve as a warm appetizer or side.

From Midwest Living

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread

Family-Style Chili and Corn Bread Dumplings

Hearty and flavorful, this chili will warm you on even the most blustery of winter evenings. What really sets this dish apart, however, is the brilliant addition of cheesy cornbread dumplings. When buying sweet peppers for the chili, choose those that are firm, heavy for their size, and have shiny, vibrantly-colored skin.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Family-Style Chili and Corn Bread Dumplings

Roasted Tomato Tart

When it comes to tart making, frozen puff pastry is truly a miracle ingredient. Just be sure to thaw the pastry according to package directions. Should you wish to cut a few calories from this cheesy fresh tomato tart, you may use Neufchatel cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Tomato Tart

Veggie Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce

Vietnam meets Argentina in this eye-opening fusion recipe in which fresh, crisp veggies nestled in rolls of rice paper are accompanied by Chimichurri -- Argentina's famous parsley and garlic sauce -- for dipping. Making the wraps may seem awkward at first, but keep trying. You'll be a pro in no time at all.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Veggie Spring Rolls with Chimichurri Sauce

Clam Chowder with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Truly a meal in a bowl, this substantial clam chowder is made extra luscious with the addition of whipping cream. Parmesano Reggiano cheese, the pride of Parma, Italy, is so flavorful that even the smallest amount packs this chowder with punch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Clam Chowder with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Beer & Cheddar Fondue

Two great ingredients -- beer and cheddar cheese -- will make this fondue be the first dish to disappear at any party. If you double or triple the recipe for a larger gathering, consider serving the fondue in a slow cooker on low setting. The thick crock and gentle heat will keep the fondue warm and smooth for a long time.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Beer & Cheddar Fondue

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

These yummy pecans are super for snacking, but they also make wonderful holiday or hostess gifts. Why use cane sugar? Cane sugar has a lower melting point than the more common beet sugar, which makes cane sugar better for candied glazes.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans Corn and Poblano Pepper

Leave no bite of squash behind! Toss the leftover zucchini pulp into your favorite zucchini bread or brownie recipe.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Stuffed Zucchini with Black Beans Corn and Poblano Pepper

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

These rich and crumbly cheese wafers boast slice-and-bake ease. Serve with pepper jelly or a mixture of pepper jelly and cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Panko -- extra-crispy Japanese bread crumbs -- give the crusts of these savory small cheesecakes a pleasingly crunchy texture. Grind walnuts in a food processor or blender until they're as fine as cornmeal.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Small sandwiches are always a hit on the appetizer table, and these quick and easy tomato-cheese melters are no exception. Another time, make these stacks with large slices of bread (rather than bruschetta) and serve the sandwiches for lunch or dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Refrigerated piecrust makes these cheesy leek-and-olive appetizers a snap to make. For fun, purchase olives at a gourmet market's olive bar -- they're usually filled with a fantastic selection.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Goat Cheese-Olive Bites

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

With hints of lemon, apple and herbs, tomatillos are perfectly balanced by peppery cilantro aromatic garlic, and spicy jalapeno peppers in this phenomenal salsa. When buying tomatillos, look for firm fruit with dry, tight-fitting husks. Store in a paper bag in the refrigerator for up to a month.

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Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Herbed Salmon

With a fragrant blend of herbs and bright lemon, this beautifully simple dish allows the naturally sweet-richness of salmon to sing. When buying fresh fish, pay close attention to the smell. Fresh salmon should smell slightly sweet, and a little salty, like clean sea-water. If it smells "fishy" at all, it has turned, and is not safe for consumption.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Herbed Salmon

Herbed Salmon

Lemon and snipped fresh herbs garnish this easy-to-make salmon filet. Serve with rice or potatoes for a healthy meal in under 30 minutes.

From Midwest Living

Herbed Salmon

Fresh Arugula Bruschetta

Tangy goat cheese, bright lemon zest and peppery arugula perfectly complement the toasted warmth of crusty baguette in this elegant appetizer. Serve alongside a Mediterranean style frittata and fresh fruit salad for a light and refreshing Sunday brunch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh Arugula Bruschetta

Jamie Purviance's Asparagus and Tomato Salad with Feta

Bright cherry tomatoes and nutrient-rich asparagus are beautifully dressed in a tangy Dijon and champagne vinaigrette, then tossed with crumbled feta cheese in this brilliant fresh salad. When buying asparagus, look for firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. If stems are tough, simply remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Jamie Purviance's Asparagus and Tomato Salad with Feta

Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

Brightly sweet kiwi provides a vibrant counterpoint to the salty pancetta, spicy jalapeno, and rich, buttery avocado in this uniquely tasty dish. A drizzle of balsamic glaze provides the perfect finishing touch. Most of the avocado sold in supermarkets is still in its unripened stage. To ripen, place avocados in a paper bag and set aside at room temperature for 2-4 days. When the fruit is soft to the touch, it is ready for use.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chef Rusty's Kivado Crostad

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